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post #1 of 18 Old Aug 7th, 2014, 6:02 am Thread Starter
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R1200 Fuel Strip

Hi all. Picked up my first Hex Head this week. An R1200RTP at the right price. Only real issue is that the fuel strip looks to be toast, it's always empty. I believe it has to be calibrated dry with the BM service computer so I can't fix this one myself.

Has anyone paid to get one replaced recently and what did it cost?

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post #2 of 18 Old Aug 7th, 2014, 11:26 am
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Re: R1200 Fuel Strip

I believe that BMW recently extended the warranty on the fuel sensor strip to 10 years, so talk to your dealer. BTW the GS911 will now calibrate the strip.

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Re: R1200 Fuel Strip

Just had mine 2nd warranty replacement on my '09. First in 2010 and then this one last week.

My understanding is the warranty was extended to 12 years. Both were replaced on warranty.

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Cheers. I rang both dealers in town and it's not an automatic warranty, they have to apply to BMW for coverage and both quoted $400 to do it.

I'm off the the US in a week for holidays and have organised to pickup a gs911 while there. Might try and get a fuel strip while I'm at it

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Cheers. I rang both dealers in town and it's not an automatic warranty, they have to apply to BMW for coverage and both quoted $400 to do it.

I'm off the the US in a week for holidays and have organised to pickup a gs911 while there. Might try and get a fuel strip while I'm at it
No such issue here. I called told 'em the fuel strip was bad, made an appointment and went in and had it replaced $0 cost twice now!

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Just had the fuel strip on my new to me 05 replaced for free today, along with the fuel pump recall and software update to fix my non-functioning ESA. Fuel gauge working again, ESA working.

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Where are you 2Miniacs in Oz or the US?

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Easy enough to check Robin, click on the user name, "View Public Profile" and the tab "About Me". He's in Florida.... although not everyone fills this out.

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Cheers Chris. I did have a look in there but couldn't see it.
I guess I'll guinea pig the situation if there's enough money left when we get back.

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I've been emailing Motorad HQ in Melbourne and the fuel strip is not a warranty item in Australia.

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Re: R1200 Fuel Strip

You CAN fix it yourself and you don't even have to remove it. Just access the sender connector and hook up a piezo lighter from a gas grill to the two pins in the middle. Then give a few clicks. The arc will fuse the broken substrate and you will now have a working fuel gage. While the arc will be contained in the plastic covering of the strip it is safest to do this with a full tank. So far I have fixed my GS and three RTs with this procedure. More info can be found on the ADVrider web site .

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Cheers John, I'll go look that up. I'll have it apart this week-end for a 70K Km service and there is a piezo in the BBQ. Sounds more like a bomb than a fix to me though

The gs-911 shows a heater element failure although it sometimes kicks into gear and starts working.

It will have to go to the dealer some time, Motorad HQ here told me there was a recall pending on the fuel pump on this bike.


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Looked it up and is probably worth a shot. Even found the local hardware has the piezo units on the shelf for $11.

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post #13 of 18 Old Sep 21st, 2014, 12:41 am Thread Starter
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John, I got my 70K kms service done and checked the fuel strip. The sensor reads 2.5K ohms and the heater is around 30 ohms so they look ok. After a bit of reading it seems the heater +ve is fed into the sensor side inside the strip. There is a thread about setting up a pair of resistors to the plug instead of the strip to extinguish the dash lights and always show full.

I'm guessing this heater-sensor connection is whats wrong with my strip as the gs-911 shows a heater alarm not a sensor alarm so a zap won't fix it.

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Actually the arc stays inside the plastic coating and even if it did escape the fuel air ration is just to rick to ignite unless your tank is empty. Saw a show where they were trying to ignite fuel and air in an airplane wing tank to see if that was the cause of the crash. It took them many tries to get her to blow!

There was a only an indication that the sensing part of the strip drove the warning light, not the heater and there was discussion on how to clear that with resistors. it was all on the ADVrider site look here, many pages

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Yep read that thread and a similar one on SportTouring. I'll have it apart again next month to get the shocks rebuilt and new rubber fitted so will revisit it then. I'm thinking that just jamming a 1 meg resistor between pin 3 and 4 will get it going. We will see.

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Well I tried it all. Zapped it, stuck in a resistor, cleaned everything, no result.

It works 40% of the time when full, under 1/2 tank it drops to 20% of the time, haven't seen it work under 1/4 of a tank.

Might push it in for the pump recall and see if they'll fix it cheap.

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Just wanted to make sure it was zap 2 to 3 and the resistor 3 to 4. Yours may really be shot and not recoverable. Good Luck.

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Yep, Zap 2->3 and Resistor 3->4. Not a huge problem, the trip meter works and Ted at the BeemerShop tells me it's Oktoberfest with a 10% discount on Wilber shocks which is probably a better investment than fixing a fuel gauge, a little more expensive though

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